In 1974, three young entrepreneurial lawyers had the vision, determination and drive, to commence the legal practice known as Short Punch & Greatorix (SPG). They were Ian Short, John Punch and Colin Greatorix. All three were locally trained lawyers, having connections to an earlier firm dating back to the 1950s.
SPG originally practised from offices in Southport and Surfers Paradise. Within a few short years, the firm gained a reputation as a legal practice offering exceptional services to clients in business structures, real estate transactions and finance and securities. To augment these key practice areas, SPG offered further support to clients in areas such as litigation and succession and estate planning.
It wasn’t long before the firm grew and took on additional partners, allowing expertise to develop in more nuanced legal disciplines, including corporate law, joint ventures and trust structures, volumetric titling, body corporate law and management rights.
In 1979, the partners merged the two offices and moved to purpose built premises at land located at 120 Bundall Road, owned by them. At that time, the Bundall Road area was a collection of cleared land, wetlands and bush vegetation. This was a visionary and courageous step, as the area progressively thrived and grew to become a central business district within the Gold Coast. SPG was at the centre of this critical mass of business activity.
For the next 42 years, SPG continued to grow and provide diverse and broad legal services, that were unparalleled in the City of Gold Coast. During that time, the practice trained large numbers of Gold Coast locals, to become qualified and to practice in law and in the broader business community.
Through those years, SPG partners were instrumental in setting up and/or guiding peak industry bodies, such as Destination Gold Coast, the Australian Resident Accommodation Manager’s Association (ARAMA) and Gold Coast Development, to name a few.
In early 2022, the firm moved to its new home on Level 7, Wyndham Corporate Centre, Bundall. This step represented the continued evolution of SPG as a leading legal service provider; moving to technologically advanced modern premises, in order to maximise the value that can be added to client’s legal needs.
We have not moved far, physically, from the premises where SPG was conceived and grew. However, we have moved far, across the nearly 50 years since our birth, in the practice areas that we excel in, and the advanced manner in which legal services are delivered for our clients.
We pay tribute to the vision and drive of Ian Short, John Punch and Colin Greatorix. By continuing to evolve and excel in legal services delivery through the 21st century, we honour their legacy.